"Do Over"

Sometimes you get a chance to do a "do over".  I was not happy with the upper and mid bodice with the Kay Unger dress.  I thought the pivot/slide bust adjustment was going to work but it wasn't.  The front midriff piece was not hanging right after attached to the skirt portion.  Basically it was just wonky. 

I was searching through PR reviews of this dress and came across KnitMachineQueen review.  Thankfully she had posted photos of her FBA adjustment to this pattern.  This was what I was attempting to do when I first attempted a FBA and botched it so badly that I could not tape patten pieces together again.  Thus when Club BMV had a sale again, I purchase the pattern again and used the pivot/slide method of adjusting.   After sewing all of the pieces and even inserting the zipper,the sides just looked wrong. 

So reading KMQ's review and studying her photos, I determined I had enough of the fabric to cut out the front and back bodice and midriff pieces.  I removed the zipper and removed the stitches of the skirt to midriff pieces.

I made the FBA changes to the front and back pieces with great success.  This AM I cut the fabric using the newly adjusted pattern pieces, sewed them all together, tried it on and it fit the way it should!!!! Yeah!!!!
I also have enough lining fabric and will cut out the lining pieces and get them sewn to fabric pieces.

I just did not want to give up on this dress!  The fabric is gorgeous and from "Gorgeous Fabrics" and has been a dream to work with.  The skirt portion fit great and this is just one of those garments that I have to make it work.  All the bodice pieces have been topstitched. (This is deja vu).  I think it will work as a transitional piece until the extreme cold weather sits in.  I have a jacket I plan to wear with it and will work well for transition from winter to spring.

So that was my sewing weekend.  Oh, I also covered my wrist support with a cut up dry cleaning plastic.  Worked great and kept the exposed Velcro from picking the fabric. 

More later!


  1. I'm so glad to read that you have found success with your do-over. I am so frustrated with my HP dress, having reworked the neckline and sleeves several times this weekend, and still feel "meh" about it. On to conquer new territory and raise the white flag on this one! Have a great week!

  2. Can't wait to see your finished dress as this will pay off, and think of everything you're learning.

  3. Congratulations on persevering - I'm sure it's going to be worth your effort, looking forward to seeing the dress!

  4. Yay!! I'm glad you were able to make it work! Can't wait to see it finished.

  5. I'm so glad you didn't give up on that beautiful dress/fabric!I'm a firm believer of what my grandmother would say, "There's more than one way to skin a cat." LOL! You've proved that. I can't wait to see it. :)


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